Ward 1 residents enjoying themselves at the annual holiday party
This year’s annual Ward 1 holiday party was held at the Columbia Heights Youth Center, 1480 Girard Street, NW, on December 23. The event occurred in the gymnasium and was near or at capacity.
The event, as with years past, was hosted by Councilmember Jim Graham and began with a meal which was quickly followed upon with a gift raffle that lasted until three in the afternoon. There were a variety of gifts ranging from $60 gift certificates to local grocery stores, gift cards to Five Guys, a flat screen television, and bicycles — where were a hit with the kids. In the time I was there I saw a few of the bikes won by Park Morton children, so don’t be surprised if you see them around Park View soon.
Mayor-elect Gray gets ready to call out a raffle ticket number
As with previous years, Santa Claus was on hand to assist and add holiday cheer. Graham also got help calling out the raffle ticket numbers by ANC Commissioners, agency heads, and one special guest, Mayor-elect Vincent Gray.
The day ended with each child lining up to receive a holiday gift and adults received a gift on the way out as well. All gifts and raffle prizes were donated by sponsors.
There were plenty of gifts to go around, and no one left empty handed